For the second year in a row, a tough Centennial Conference schedule put a
bit of a damper on an otherwise successful season for the Muhlenberg
womens lacrosse team. Although the Mules won nine games just
one shy of the school record for
victories in a season their 2-7 conference record meant the playoffs
were out of the picture once again.
Sakonchick led a Muhlenberg defense that ranked atop
the CC and 29th in Division III in ground balls per game (24.56).
Still, the Mules put together a season to remember.
Muhlenberg began the 2007 campaign on a hot streak. With a 13-5 win over
Widener, the Mules completed a five-game winning streak bringing
their overall streak to six in a row, dating back to the final game of
2006. The run set a school record for most consecutive victories,
squashing the previous record set a year earlier.
After struggling against strong conference teams that included eventual
Division III champion Franklin & Marshall, plus two other squads that
ended the season ranked in the top 25 in the nation, the Mules closed out
2007 with a 12-goal victory over non-conference rival Neumann.
In that game, the two seniors and team captains Katie Reimann
and Kelli Sakonchick became the winningest class in school
history with 32 victories.
The accomplishments didnt stop there for the duo. Sakonchick
graduated from Muhlenberg third all-time with 79 caused turnovers, and
Reimann finished her career third in assists (52), ninth in points (126)
and 13th in goals (74). Both were named to the All-CC second team.
In 2007, Reimann was fourth on the team with 45 points on 31 goals
and 14 assists. Leading the offense was sophomore Ruth
Morrongiello, who notched 50 points on 39 goals and 11 assists, moving
her into the ranks of the all-time leaders at Muhlenberg after only two
years with the team. She also led the squad with 47 draw controls.
Reimann recorded a personal-best eight points to put
her over the 100-point mark for her career in a 21-8 win over Kean.
Sophomore Sara Hiller and junior Taylor Armstrong each
contributed 46 points for a 2.88 points per game average, allowing them to
round out the top 15 in the conference in that category.
Hillers 41 goals landed her 10th all-time at Muhlenberg for goals in
a season, and her goals per game average (2.56) tied for second
in the CC. For Armstrong, her 23 assists on the season ranked her third
all-time at Muhlenberg, and she currently stands sixth in school history
with 38 career helpers. She also ranked fifth in the conference with 1.44
assists per game in 2007.
Three freshmen Amanda McGovern, Danielle Scarrone and
Alyssa Bascelli had impressive debut seasons, each recording
at least 20 points.
Sophomore goalie Caroline Shadood led the team on the opposite end
of the field with a 10.54 goals against average, which was good for
sixth in the CC.
Playing in front of Shadood, Sakonchick recorded 55 ground balls and
caused 35 turnovers to lead the team and finish the season ranked No. 2 in
the CC in each of those categories. Junior Maura Lane and sophomore
Marguerite Farrell rounded out the solid Muhlenberg defense. Lane
picked up 33 ground balls and Farrell 32 to go along with 12 and 15 caused